“Los jóvenes participantes del IV Foro de Jóvenes de las Américas aspiramos a una educación universal, desde preescolar hasta universitaria”

Washington DC, July 15th 2015 - Convened by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and the Department of Human Development and Education (DDHE), young experts who participated in the IV Young Americas Forum made a contribution to the construction of the Inter-American Education Agenda.

Recalling the statement of the Declaration of Youth “Panama 2015” adopted at the IV Young Americas Forum on April 9, 2015 on the subject on education and in the framework of the VII Summit of the Americas: “The young participants of the IV Young Americas Forum aspire to universal education, from kindergarten to university, of the highest quality, free, multicultural, pluralistic and innovative, to prepare us for the challenges that await us as future leaders of the Western Hemisphere.”

It goes on further: “To realize our vision, we call on our authorities to set the post-2015 agenda according to the following priorities: Participation and advocacy: Implement spaces of continuous participation in the Inter-American Committee on Education in order to present proposals and that Ministers of Education establish a methodology to ensure the inclusion of our perspective from the IV Young Americas Forum.”

Because of the interest and enthusiasm shown by young people, YABT generated channels to engage youth in the processes carried out by the Organization of American States (OAS). Additionally, efforts with DDHE included the planning and launching of online consultation to meet the priorities, needs and contributions that youth wanted to include in the Inter-American Education Agenda.

The virtual consultation lasted a period of one month and had the participation of nearly 60 youth from 13 countries of the hemisphere. As a support activity, a virtual meeting was held with the young participants of the Education Working Group from the IV Young Americas Forum and DDHE Education Specialists: Ambassador Abigail Castro de Perez, Patrica Quiroz and Romina Kasman.

To access the results of the survey follow the link: http://yabt.net/foro/download/Reporte-colaboracion-juvenil-construcci-delaAgendaEducativaInteramericana-2015.pdf

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El Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) es una organización sin fines de lucro que trabaja en cooperación con la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) en la promoción y ejecución de programas que fomenten la iniciativa empresarial en las Américas para combatir la pobreza y buscar mejores oportunidades para los jóvenes.Desde su creación YABT ha empoderado a más de 40.000 jóvenes de 75 países.